Thursday, May 26, 2011

A meeting that was not!

News report:
Greater Vernon Politicians Meet Once More Over Parks And Rec
Kate Bouey

It's back to the drawing board for Greater Vernon politicians Thursday as they begin a new round of mediated talks on Parks and Recreation. The function is currently handled through the North Okanagan Regional District but local governments want greater control. Vernon Mayor Wayne Lippert says he's disappointed the review is starting all over again. ``It's unfortunate,'' says Lippert. ``I really do think they're wasting alot of time and money.'' Meanwhile, Vernon city council has voted to join Armstrong and get out of the economic development function operated by NORD. It issues grants. Lippert says it's an area which would be better served through an intermunicipal agreement. Lippert points to similar agreements on emergency planning and suggests the fire training centre function, currently under review, might benefit from similar treatment

Unfortunately, the meeting resolved nothing: neither Vernon's representative nor her alternate showed up for the meeting. Everyone else was there waiting. The meeting adjourned 45 minutes after it started. I suppose it could be classified as wasting of time and money to which Mayor Lippert was referring in the above report. Oh well, better luck next time!


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